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Benbecula

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Outer Hebrides : Benbecula
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Benbecula or Beinn Na Faoghla is an island in the Outer Hebrides. In the main it's low-lying and sits between the larger islands of North and South Uist, to which it is joined by causeways. However it possesses more resources than its neighbours in the shape of shops, schools, colleges, and an airport as a result of having been, until recently, a military base and missile firing range. As a result most visitors, perhaps unfairly, pass through Benbecula relatively quickly.

Understand

Benbecula is the 'cushion' between the northern Protestant islands, and the Catholic communities of South Uist and Barra. It was dragged into the modern world more quickly than the other neighbouring islands by virtue of its military base and the need for supply routes and other facilities necessary for maintaining a military presence. These have now largely, if not totally, disappeared, but the island has been left with a legacy of unlikely institutional housing developments and, depending on ones viewpoint, the more welcome facility of an airport.

Settlements

Balivanich is the main village.

Nunton is a Hamlet located just outside Balivanich

Creagorry is a small village at the south end of Benbecula

Uachdar is a village at the north end of Benbecula

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Understand

Talk

Get in

Get around

Car hire is available from three locations, MacLennan's Garage, Balivanich, tel: +44 (0)1870 602191, Ask Car Hire, Creagorry, tel: +44 (0)1870 602818 and Laing motors, Lochboisdale tel: +44 (0)1878 700 267 website: http://www.laingmotors.co.uk

See

  • Beach down the west coast of the island.
  • Borve Castle A small ruin just off the main road. No facilities and no charge.
  • Linaclete School (Sgoil Lionacleit) has a small museum, library and a swimming pool.

Do

Eat

  • Stepping Stone Restaurant, Balivanich, HS7 5LA Tel 01870 603377
  • The Airport Cafe is open to non-fliers and there is free parking next the terminal.
  • Have a school lunch at Sgoil Lionacliet during the summer holidays.

Drink

Sleep

Hostels

  • Taigh na Cille Bunkhouse, Balivanich, HS7 5LA 01870 602522 [1]

Bed and Breakfasts

Ceann Na Pairc Guest House is located in Nunton. [2]

Hotels

  • Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate, Benbecula HS7 5PJ Tel 01870 603030 [3]
  • The Isle of Benbecula House Hotel, Creagorry, Benbecula HS7 5PG Tel 01870 602024 [4]

Stay safe

Get out


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